Pizza Potato Casserole – A Pizza Casserole With Ground Beef Recipe

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Pizza Potato Casserole is a cheesy casserole with an Italian-spin that your kids will love.  With a base of diced potatoes, it’s an easy and economical dinner that can be stretched to serve a crowd. Add this ground beef casserole to your regular monthly rotation.

Pizza Potato Casserole is a cheesy casserole with an Italian-spin that your kids will love.  With a base of diced potatoes, it's an easy and economical dinner that can be stretched to serve a crowd. Add this ground beef casserole to your regular monthly rotation.

Casserole Recipe with Potatoes and Ground Beef

This pizza casserole is cheesy, saucy and full of flavor. My family literally scraped out every last bit of deliciousness from the pan. (For real, I saw Megan skimming the bottom). EDITOR’S NOTE: In my (Megan’s) defense, there was only a tiny corner left by the time I got to it…so I HAD to scrape the pan out!

Casseroles are great for serving a large crowd, and it’s just what I needed to feed my sister’s moving crew.  After all that heavy lifting of boxes and furniture, everyone was hungry, and this cheesy pizza casserole hit the spot.

The cheesy deliciousness comes from a combination of three types of cheese – cheddar cheese soup, grated Parmesan and shredded Mozzarella.

Italian Pizza Potato Casserole Recipe

Potatoes are often the center of many casseroles because they are economical and can be stretched and stretched and stretched.  If my Granny were alive, she’d tell you she relied on potatoes many nights to feed her eight “starving” children and husband.

This recipe calls for four cups diced potatoes which equals about 4 to 5 medium to large potatoes. If you are feeding more or have a couple potatoes that are getting ready to bite the dust, add a couple extra to the casserole. And, if you don’t feel like peeling the potatoes, then don’t!  Wash the dirt off, dice them up and throw them in.

Pizza Casserole with Ground Beef Ingredient List

Ground Beef

Onions, diced

Salt and Black Pepper

Butter

Dried Oregano

Sugar

Condensed Cheddar Cheese Soup

Grated Parmesan Cheese

Milk

Potatoes, peeled and diced

Tomato Sauce

Mozzarella Cheese, shredded

How to Make Pizza Potato Casserole

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F; spray a 13 x 9 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Brown ground beef and onions in a skillet; drain excess grease if needed.
  3. Add salt, pepper, sugar, oregano, butter, cheddar cheese soup, grated Parmesan cheese and milk; stir until smooth.
  4. Stir in diced potatoes.
  5. Pour into prepared baking dish; spread tomato sauce over top.
  6. Bake for 45 to 60 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender.
  7. Sprinkle top with shredded Mozzarella cheese. Bake for an additional 15 minutes.
  8. Let sit for 10 minutes to set up.

For the full instructions for cheesy pizza casserole, scroll to the bottom of this post. 

Notes about pizza casserole without pasta:

  • Try substituting ground sausage or turkey for the ground beef.
  • Cheddar cheese soup can be found in the soup aisle at the grocery store. It’s a handy pantry staple for many casseroles.
  • Out of fresh onions? Use 1 tablespoon of dried minced onion instead.
  • Shredded Parmesan can be used instead of grated.
  • Instead of using Mozzarella cheese, pick your other favorite cheese to substitute in.
  • Prep this ground beef pizza casserole on the weekend, and bake on a weeknight to save some time.
  • Feeling lazy? There’s no need to peel your potatoes if you don’t want to.
  • Dice the potatoes small to speed up cooking time.
  • Why do we add sugar?  Tomato based recipes are very acidic, and sugar cuts the acid flavor with a bit of sweetness.
  • Love pizza? Try our Pizza inspired bread.
  • Want a super quick potato and ground beef meal? Try our potato goulash made with boxed scalloped potatoes.

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Grandma’s Chicken and Rice Casserole

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Classic Tuna Casserole

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Chicken Noodle Casserole

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Sausage and Potato Casserole

Potato Sausage Casserole consists of layers of sliced potatoes, ground pork sausage, and shredded cheese covered in a basic white sauce. Creamy Sausage Potato Bake is an easy casserole that is reminiscent of what Mom or Grandma would serve.

French Onion Rice Casserole

With only 4 ingredients,  French Onion Rice Casserole has loads of rich flavor and is a great side dish for your favorite beef, chicken or pork dish. Often called Stick of Butter Rice, this French Onion Rice in Oven Recipe also uses condensed French Onion Soup, Beef Broth and Dry Instant Rice. 

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Pizza Potato Casserole - A Pizza Casserole With Ground Beef Recipe

Pizza Potato Casserole is a cheesy casserole that your kids will love.  With a base of diced potatoes, it's an easy and economical dinner that can be stretched to serve a crowd.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr 15 mins
Total Time1 hr 35 mins
Course: Casserole, Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheesy pizza casserole, italian pizza potato casserole, pizza casserole, pizza casserole with ground beef, pizza casserole without pasta, Pizza Potato Casserole
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 406kcal
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground oregano
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 10.25 ounces cheddar cheese soup
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 cups potatoes, diced small
  • 15 ounces tomato sauce
  • 8 ounces shredded Mozzarella

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F; spray a 13 x 9 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Brown ground beef and onions in a skillet; drain excess grease if desired.
    Pizza Potato Casserole is a cheesy casserole with an Italian-spin that your kids will love.  With a base of diced potatoes, it's an easy and economical dinner that can be stretched to serve a crowd. Add this ground beef casserole to your regular monthly rotation.
  • Add salt, pepper, butter, sugar, oregano, cheddar cheese soup, Parmesan cheese, and milk; stir until smooth.
    Pizza Potato Casserole is a cheesy casserole with an Italian-spin that your kids will love.  With a base of diced potatoes, it's an easy and economical dinner that can be stretched to serve a crowd. Add this ground beef casserole to your regular monthly rotation.
  • Stir in diced potatoes; pour into prepared casserole dish.
    Pizza Potato Casserole is a cheesy casserole with an Italian-spin that your kids will love.  With a base of diced potatoes, it's an easy and economical dinner that can be stretched to serve a crowd. Add this ground beef casserole to your regular monthly rotation.
  • Pour tomato sauce over top of beef mixture. Bake for 45 to 60 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender.
    Pizza Potato Casserole is a cheesy casserole with an Italian-spin that your kids will love.  With a base of diced potatoes, it's an easy and economical dinner that can be stretched to serve a crowd. Add this ground beef casserole to your regular monthly rotation.
  • Sprinkle with Mozzarella cheese and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
    Pizza Potato Casserole is a cheesy casserole with an Italian-spin that your kids will love.  With a base of diced potatoes, it's an easy and economical dinner that can be stretched to serve a crowd. Add this ground beef casserole to your regular monthly rotation.
  • Let sit 10 minutes before serving.
    Pizza Potato Casserole is a cheesy casserole with an Italian-spin that your kids will love.  With a base of diced potatoes, it's an easy and economical dinner that can be stretched to serve a crowd. Add this ground beef casserole to your regular monthly rotation.

Notes

  • Try substituting ground sausage or turkey for the ground beef. 
  • Cheddar cheese soup can be found in the soup aisle at the grocery store. It's a handy pantry staple for all casseroles.
  • Out of fresh onions? Use 1 tablespoon of dried minced onion instead.
  • Shredded Parmesan can be used instead of grated. 
  • Prep this pizza casserole without pasta on the weekend, and bake on a weeknight to save some time.
  • Feeling lazy? There's no need to peel your potatoes if you don't want to. 
  • Dice the potatoes small to speed up cooking time. 
  • Why do we add sugar?  Tomato based recipes are very acidic, and sugar cuts the acid flavor with a bit of sweetness.
  • Love pizza? Try our Pizza inspired bread

Nutrition

Calories: 406kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 951mg | Potassium: 998mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 691IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 275mg | Iron: 3mg

 

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